Lamar Jackson admits he “wasn’t in command” at times last year


The Ravens knew this offseason they were building around quarterback Lamar Jackson, so everything was renovated specifically for him.

Part of that process was adapting the playbook, from the plays themselves to what they were called.

According to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, part of new offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s job this offseason was getting rid of the 25-word play calls of former coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, streamlining things for Jackson.

“Yeah, because last year there were games when I wasn’t in command,” Jackson said. “I’d come in last year kind of nervous, because there are grown men looking at you, depending on you to help them feed their family.

“Now I’m a lot more comfortable just saying different things on different plays to let my guys know where they need to be.”

Saying fewer words in the huddle helps, but coach John Harbaugh said it’s also a matter of getting Jackson comfortable with new material.

“In order for it to make sense, you have to organize it,” Harbaugh said.

Jackson did a good job adapting on the fly last year, leading the Ravens to six wins in his seven starts in relief of Joe Flacco, which is why they were so willing to change things to suit him this offseason.

16 responses to “Lamar Jackson admits he “wasn’t in command” at times last year

  1. I’m not a fan. But live in Baltimore. I want to like Lamar strictly as a QB. We know he can run with the best of them. I don’t see him improving much as a passer in one offseason. He’s going to have to take his bumps and bruises.

  2. He was a rookie and led his team to a division title and a home playoff game. Not a bad start. Clearly, there is work to do regarding his passing and pocket presence, and that falls on the coaching staff. There aren’t nearly as many busts as people believe. What often pervades, is poor development and one-dimensional coaching. Go Patriots!

  3. Seems many people want Lamar to fail. Maybe the reason is they think it inevitable or that his ceiling is much too low for team success, and so they want the team to jettison him quickly and move on to a capable QB quickly.

  4. Might not be a pocket passer but he got out there and made things happen after getting thrown into the fire. Redskins fan but i hope the kid does well

  5. danielsong39 says:
    June 17, 2019 at 7:06 am
    Lamar Jackson: Tebow 2.0
    Tebow had a weak arm and wasn’t very accurate. Jackson’s not that accurate as of now, but has better footworks, a much stronger arm and a lot more potential. Tebow was a topped out product that few thought would succeed in the NFL.

  6. youngnoize says:
    June 17, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Tebow was a topped out product that few thought would succeed in the NFL.

    And as soon as Lamar gets broken running on 40% of his plays, he’ll be another QB with a pretty big arm (yeah, he can heave it 80 yds) who can’t hit his targets.

    Not sure where you’re seeing all this great footwork or potential, but hey, everyone’s looking out of their own set of glasses, i guess.

  7. 25-word plays? That sure sounds like it’s more complicated than it needs to be. Also it sheds light on why Mohrnenweig wasn’t a good HC – overcomplicates everything.

  8. A lot of ugly comments about this young man but didn’t he win his division as a rookie? The same division with a supposedly HOF QB? Let’s give him time to see what he can do.

  9. These people calling him a bust and not accurate forget that 1. He was 2nd most accurate of 5 rookie quarterbacks 2. Who his offensive coordinator was 3. He still young, was a 20 year old starter most quarterbacks are 22 , 23 when they drafted 2 to 3 years difference might not sound like much but at that age is a lot where maturity is concerned

  10. I think 25 word plays is a recipe for disaster. How would that ever get called in?

  11. Bellichek would make Jackson a hof player. Not kidding. So much potential and almost always the best athlete on the field. With his work ethic and leadership skills he is going to do well. He played and won games in the nfl as a 21 year old. A 10% inprovement in his passing makes him a HOF QB. Flacco improved on his rookie season stats by more than 10% and he was 23 in his rookie year. A 21 year old was thrown into the starting QB role in the NFL and succeeded. Cannot understand how Ravens fans are not excited. Flacco could not have done what Lamar acheieved last year as a 23 or 35 year old.

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